Category Archives: Agricultural Policy

State of Organic Seed — New Survey Just Announced

We are excited to announce the distribution of our 2014 organic producer seed survey. This national survey is conducted every five years to monitor organic seed availability and use, challenges in sourcing organic seed, and organic plant breeding needs, among … Continue reading

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What’s a Regional Seed System?

Summer sweet corn: Is there anything better? How about a sweet corn that was developed with organic farmers in mind — an open-pollinated variety that germinates in cool spring conditions without the use of fungicides and demonstrates superb taste? Organic … Continue reading

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Who’ll Own Our Seed?

Author Lisa Hamilton has written a must-read article (“Linux for Lettuce“) on how utility patents — patents for inventions — impact the future of our seed and food. In this piece, she describes the recently launched Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), which is … Continue reading

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Save Our Bees, Save Our Seed

Pollinators are an essential partner in our work to build healthy, organic seed systems that support biodiversity and provide high-quality seed. The focus on pollinators this week is a helpful reminder that the dramatic and ongoing decline in pollinators – … Continue reading

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Did You Miss the Organic Seed Webinar?

“Understanding the National Organic Program Seed Rule and Sourcing Organic Seed” is now archived and available at eXtension.org for anyone who missed the live broadcast on Friday, June 6, 2014. Watch the webinar here. The webinar covers the availability of … Continue reading

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